Father Knows Best

September 20, 2015, Gary, IN my pastor preached a sermon titled ‘Beware of Kryptonite’. We all have one in some capacity, an since this isn’t my tell all, so I’ll leave you to reflect on your own distractions from Christ. At the time of this particular sermon, I had just been offered the employment opportunity of a lifetime in Nashville, TN and I was making plans to make the best of it before moving on to another opportunity in Portland, OR. I knew where I was going and was determined to break down any barriers to get there.

But favor can’t be hustled on merit. I didn’t realize God wasn’t giving me an ‘A’ for effort as much as he was giving me an Open door for Obedience. A Fortuity for Faith. And somehow a Season of Supplication. Consequently, I felt I had earned this opportunity. I mean did all the foot work. I made all the calls. I shook all the hands. Yet it was nothing short of a miracle that my call back came though (literally had the wrong number on my resume).

In short my pursuit of my dreams had become my kryptonite. I had put the drive I once ha for gaining guidance from Christ on the back burner to make room for my new aspirations. Nonetheless I was blessed. With the job and substantially more favor. I even made a comment along the lines of ‘being one of God’s favorites’, knowing all too well God was slipping from my very own top three.

Some Sunday sermons later I rearranged, changed, maintained, and prayed. Put God first until recently the time dew near for my Portland opportunity and I put that first. Folks reminding me left and right to pray, and I was, but I could do better. I know very well I’m not scouring for answers in my scriptures the way I’m scouring roommate wanted ads, but somehow I’m expecting results for all this misplaced effort.

So, I reach for my headphones, but I’m called to my bible. “I’ll sit down and give it my full attention later”. Replacing my headphones hours later evokes guilt I ignore reassuring myself I’ll devote time, some other time. Fatigue leads to rest, and rest to reenergizing. My open laptop illuminates my otherwise dark room. Before another keystroke I open my bewailing bible and waddya know! Out falls my notes from ‘Beware of Kryptonite’.

Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

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2/25 Campaign Update

Two more weeks until classes begin and one more week until my departure! I’m excited to say we’ve reached the 10% mark and are making strides toward 15% of the campaign goal. Thanks to your generous donations my flight to Portland, OR is booked and I was able to make my tuition deposit. At this rate I’ll soon be able to secure housing and a bus card. I can’t thank you enough for your contributions and support.

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2/20 Campaign Update

Greetings!

Were making so much progress, and so quickly:

9 Donors and $1,435!

We’re but a mere $265 from 10%! I’m looking forward to making this a reality and would like to thank everyone that has shared thus far; both financially and through word of mouth.

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What’s a Coding Bootcamp?

“A coding bootcamp is a technical training program that teaches the parts of programming with the biggest impact and relevance to current market needs. It enables students with very little coding proficiency to focus on the most important aspects of coding and immediately apply their new coding skills to solve real-world problems.”

-https://www.thefirehoseproject.com/definitive-guide/1

2/19 Campaign Update

I spent years self conscious about feeling exposed in my ‘process’. I only wanted people to see my ‘progression’, my achievements.

Leaving the nest has given me so much insight on ‘le struggle’. It’s beauty, the way it draws you to God for direction and peace, the frustrations, patience and humility required to excel, even the sacrifices have been rewarding . I’ve come to love it, and all the wisdom gained along the way, which leads me to….

When your surrogate Nashville auntie Gina calls you just to tell you you’re blessing folks by walking in your light. ‪#‎FolksBeWatching‬ ‪#‎KeepGodFirst‬‪ #‎ProcessToProgress‬ ‪#‎LifeIsGood‬

 

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Together We Can Send a Young Woman to School for Mobile Development

A brief explanation of what led me here. Enjoy and donate! 😀

I was recently hand selected to attend Epicodus , an immersive coding bootcamp  in Portland, Oregon. It lasts for 6 months, begins in March, and afterward I’ll emerge as a Junior Web Developer.

This opportunity will open countless doors for me to advance in my career, and I’m reaching out to you for help.

Why do you need such a large amount?:

Donations of any amount will help immensely! Seriously $10 means I eat for a day 🙂

But to answer the question, in addition to moving across the country, and the cost of tuition, the program is completely immersive. Class time, paired with homework and self-help, is estimated to require 70+ hours per week. My success in the program depends on my ability to work no more than part time. Funding will be allocated as follows:

Housing and Utilities: $1200/month
Public Transportation: $200/month
Food: $250/month
Miscellaneous Expenses: $450/month
Airfare (Round Trip): $650
Tuition: $3,400
GoFundMe Fee: 8%

Why an immersive coding bootcamp?

The amount of available development and coding jobs at startups and tech companies is mind blowing, and only growing. This demand for people with real-world technical coding skills and the willingness to pay above average salaries for those skills, is leading me to endure what would be years of training, within the span of 6 short months.

I plan on standing out to employers post bootcamp by supplementing Epicodus’ core curriculum with additional skills like algorithms, database structures, open source contributions to music technology projects, and whiteboard interview exercises.

That’s good to know, but I barely know you. Why should I give you my hard earned money?

Nothing I type here can make me worthy of free cash. My intent isn’t to try to pursuade you into donating, but instead to provide a platform for your belief in my success. If you don’t know me at all, then someone you know believes in me. Do you trust them?

Here’s a bit more about me in case you do:

25/Female/Chicago/Person of Color

I once walked 3 miles to a community resource center for a free bus card.

I used that bus card to go register for community college.

I graduated 2 years later with an Associates in Arts.

I then moved to Tennessee to pursue my Bachelors of Science with no car, no place to live, and very little money.

I did own a suitcase, which I used to bring groceries home in until I was able to buy a car.

I finished the 3 year program in 2 years, with honors, and founded an organization to support minorities in my major.

As a woman of faith, I am now imploring your help, so that I can continue to move forward.

You’re clearly a motivated individual, but I’m a bit short on cash right now. Is there another way I can help?

Sure, if you could pass this on to anyone you think would care to help a young woman realize her dreams, that would mean so much!

You can find samples of my advancement so far at LataeviaBerry.com .

2/16 Campaign Update

Brief

I released the newsletter today. Those of you that have been following along from the beginning realize it’s been a long time coming. Nevertheless it’s released! If you haven’t received yours please send your email to hello@lataeviabery.com.

Bullets

We are 8% of the way to our goal!

Less than $400 away from 10%!

I’m pumped!

The next milestone will be airfare to Portland, OR!

 

Why do you need such a large amount?

Donations of any amount will help immensely! Seriously $10 means I eat for a day 🙂

But to answer the question, in addition to moving across the country, and the cost of tuition, the program is completely immersive. Class time, paired with homework and self-help, is estimated to require 70+ hours per week. My success in the program depends on my ability to work no more than part time. Funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Paying Tuition
  • Securing Airfare
  • Housing deposit
  • Cost of Moving from Nashville, TN to Portland, OR
  • 6 Months work of Public Transportation costs
  • 6 Months of Food
  • 6 Months of Housing and Utilities
  • 6 Months of Expenses such as  Internet & Insurance

I encourage you to donate.

 

About

Months older than HTML, Novice Web Designer, Web Developer & Digital Marketer, LaTaevia Berry has a driving passion for problem solving through web coding.

Having self taught for the past 5 years, I plan on taking my education to the next level by attending a web coding bootcamp.

I was recently hand selected to attend Epicodus , an immersive coding bootcamp  in Portland, Oregon. It lasts for 6 months, begins in March, and afterward I’ll emerge as a Junior Web Developer, capable of building websites and mobile apps.

This opportunity will open countless doors for me to advance in my career, and I’m reaching out to you for help.

I’m crowdfunding $17.1k to cover my cost of attendance, and would like to thank you in advance for your love and support, and to emphasize no amount goes unnoticed.

This isn’t just a donation towards my education. It’s an investment towards my future and the future of anyone I’m able to help because of you. Thank you so much.

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